Hartley Melvin Sanborn School is seeking support for a fleet of 22 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
Hartley Melvin Sanborn is a small rural school located in Northwest Iowa. The elementary school serves students from preschool through fourth grade. We have a population of 231 students with forty-seven percent of our families qualifying for the free and reduced lunch program. Over half of those students are in preschool -first grade.
Adding a bicycle program to our physical education curriculum will have many benefits for our students. This new program will prove to be a critical component to overall physical development. Physical activity and exercise that comes from riding a bike will support the development of gross motor skills, balance, posture, and coordination of our young children. Improved endurance, strength, and flexibility will also be seen in students that learn to ride a bike. Students will be able to build confidence, pride and self esteem when they are learning to ride a bicycle.
We have seen first hand how increased physical education time has a positive impact on student achievement and behavior. Our students have full physical education periods scheduled twice during a six day cycle and
JAM (Just Always Move) classes scheduled which allows them to have structured physical activity at least every other day. In addition to this, we have a policy that prohibits students from missing recess for disciplinary reasons. These practices are supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) as a way to improve students' ability to concentrate, focus, and learn. Adding a bicycle unit to our physical education program will be a motivating activity that enhances our physical education curriculum. The movement and exercise that comes from riding a bike will support the behavior, cognitive development and learning of our students.
Bicycling will also help improve the health of our students both short term and long term. The exercise from riding bikes will improve muscle strength, support bone growth, help prevent obesity, and help maintain a healthy blood pressure. Bicycling is a leisure and fitness activity that will last a lifetime.
The HMS district understands the importance of physical fitness and activity. It plays a critical role in developing the whole child, physically, mentally, and socially. This unique opportunity to bring bicycles to our students will help us meet the needs of our students.
-- Cathy Jochims, Principal, HMS Elementary
All Kids Bike® is a national movement led by the Strider® Education Foundation to place Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride Programs into public schools for free, using donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. All Kids Bike is on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class.